Protect yourself from an abusive partner during the pandemic by making a safety plan, using the following tips.
COVID-19 has forced everyone to stay at home for their safety. However, what if home is not the safest place for you? For example, what if you live with an abusive partner? The pandemic may have closed the usual places you can turn to for help. Don’t worry, here are some actions you can do to protect yourself.
How Violent Is Your Partner?
CNN says you could ask yourself the following questions to assess your risk:
- Did your partner throw things?
- Did your partner threaten you?
- Can your partner hurt you or themselves?
- Is your partner stronger than you?
- Are there weapons in your house?
Many domestic violence victims do not know the extent of their partners’ violence. So, these questions will teach you not to underestimate your partner.
Does Your House Have Safe Areas?
You should plan for your safety in case your partner traps you inside your house. CNN says you should always look for exits and avoid any weapons. Leave places with items your partner can use as weapons. So, stay out of these areas:
- The kitchen: your partner can reach for knives or boiling water
- The bathroom: your partner can strangle you with towels
- Bedrooms: your partner may hide guns in your bedroom
Keep a Phone Near You Always
You also want to be near a phone all the time. After all, you will never know when you need to call for help. Here are some tips:
- Know the nearest public phone
- Buy a cheap phone with prepaid minutes
- Save important contacts’ numbers on your phone
- Remember the local shelter’s number
- Remember the National Domestic Violence Hotline: 800-799-SAFE (7233)
These steps are good ways to begin. A good safety plan should protect you until you can escape.